A dental bridge is the traditional treatment option for tooth loss. It can replace a few missing teeth or a single lost tooth. Sometimes called a partial denture, a bridge will fit between the existing natural teeth. It will “bridge the gap” to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Dechter & Moy Dentistry provides dental bridges in Silver Spring, MD near you for lost teeth. Our dentist office also offers permanent, secure bridges that are anchored by dental implants. This is the most stable and lasting option. An implant secured bridge offers key benefits for your long term oral health:
- Reduces bone loss in the jaw: Using implants will help to retain natural bone structure by replacing the lost tooth root.
- Secure result: Dental implants will provide the natural chewing ability and enable confident speech.
- Preserves natural teeth: Using dental implants means that your dentist will not need to degrade existing teeth to accommodate the new bridge.
We will discuss the most suitable options for your health and cosmetic needs. Additionally, we will review all aspects of the treatment so that you can make an informed decision. As a team, we take time with our patients to get to know you, understand your unique needs, and provide the dentistry that will meet your needs and your expectations.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant: What To Consider
If you have a single tooth to replace, it is important to consider replacing it with a dental implant. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, using a dental implant is the best way to get back a natural looking smile. There is no need to use abutment teeth to support an appliance which often results in weakening and damaging the teeth. With dental implants, your remaining healthy teeth are left untouched.
The implant process will require a larger investment of time and money upfront. However, the long-term benefits and results will outweigh these factors.
Dental Bridges: What to Expect
The dental bridge process will begin with a consultation to establish your needs, goals, and a personalized treatment plan to address them. Key elements that need to be considered are the health of your smile, including the condition of the bone in the jaw, your cosmetic desires, the location of the missing tooth/teeth, and any medical conditions or medications that may impact your ability to heal.
If we are using dental implants to secure your dental bridge, we will schedule the surgical implantation of the post. This phase will require a healing period of several months so that the post can fuse with the jaw bone in a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, your dentist will place the dental bridge and permanently secure it.
Placing a dental bridge on existing teeth will take about 2-3 visits. Your dentist will need to prepare the anchor teeth, often with the placement of a dental crown.
After the post has healed or the anchor teeth are prepared, dental impressions will be taken for making your dental bridge. We will send these to a lab where they will use Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy’s specific instructions for your tooth color, shape, and overall dimension to make the bridge.
The final visit will be the placement of the bridge and your dentist will make adjustments for comfort and proper bite function. You will leave our office will a full set of teeth and a beautiful smile.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Is a dental bridge removable?
This depends on the type of bridge you get. Dentists cement traditional bridges in place. This means you will be unable to take it out. Only a dentist can remove it. However, if you have a temporary bridge, you will be able to take it in and out.
How do you clean under a dental bridge?
Flossing around a bridge is the best way to clean it. Using the floss between the gum and the base of the bridge is a good way to remove any plaque buildup between the gum line and the bridge. Maneuvering floss all the way around the bridge and being sure to move the floss in an up and down motion is a great way to clean under your bridge.
Can you bridge front teeth?
Bridges are very common for front teeth. Typically, dentists will use traditional bridges here. They are very successful for front teeth because front teeth take on less pressure than other teeth.
Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?
Yes, teeth can become infected under a bridge. If you practice good oral care with bridges your teeth will not become infected. This includes going to the dentist for a professional teeth cleaning every six months.